So, why am I writing all this? For the reason that, perhaps there is someone out there who will read this and say- “That’s me, too!” I look at a lot of Christians today, and see that we seem to have become lifeless. We are going through a routine. With everything that happened in 2020, and the things that are being set up for the near future, the clock is pealing “it’s the eleventh hour!” and many of us are standing in an idling position. You may attend church services faithfully, read your bible every day, and pray often. You may even soul-win and serve in your church, but is the Lord saying to you “why stand ye here idle?” 20 years of serving in a local New Testament church, yet there were times that I was in idle. I think of a car with the purpose and ability to take us where we need to but we, at times, let it sit idling, its engine running but not doing much of anything. You can be active for God yet idling-without purpose or effect. Why so? An inventory of your heart and motives is the key.
As I stated before, inert and in a routine is the habit of many of today’s Christians. We go through the motions and say the right things, but our hearts are not in it. In Isaiah 29:13, the Lord said of His people, Israel, “Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men”. God is not satisfied with words and actions if they are not produced from a pure and purposeful heart. Perhaps it is due to hardships or lack of understanding of God. Discouragement or physical fatigue/ailment. Bored or lacking in faith. Wounded by the church or a fellow Christian. In the parable of the sower, the seed that fell amongst the thorns was hindered from producing fruit because the thorns that had grown around it choked it (Matthew 13:7; Mark 4:7; Luke 8:7). Have you let the cares of this world make you an ineffective servant? Have you let the ease of life and entertainments cause your heart to be apathetic and lethargic?
The eleventh hour, in ancient biblical days, was about five o’clock -the last hour before the end of the workday. The events of last year, those of this past week and that which is to come are just reminders that our time is short, the clock is ticking faster and louder. We have a duty to perform regardless of the events of this life. Only what is done for Christ matters. Shake off the drowsiness and anything that is keeping you inactive. Watch unto prayer (1 Peter 4:7) and equip yourself with the WHOLE armour of God (Ephesians 6: 11-18). Make Psalms 139:23 & 24 your daily prayer – “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
May we all strive to occupy till He comes (Luke 19:12-13), being faithful with the talents He has given (Matthew 25:14-29). Hold fast brothers and sisters and continue fervently, for the day is fast approaching when the Master cometh. Are you standing idle all the day, waiting for the work to be assigned to you? It has already been issued. Go forth to it with your whole heart. Work, for the night is coming when man’s work is done.
Written by April Islas